Former England international Rob Lee has said that Goa Jisheng should back Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl more in the transfer market.
Hasenhuttl needs backing from Gao
The Saints have been in fantastic form so far this season, but former Newcastle star Lee thinks that the board could be doing more to help their manager out.
While having a well-run club is obviously important, the Saints have the lowest net spend of any team currently in the Premier League over the past five years, it’s also vitally important that the manager is given enough tools to succeed with.
“The thing it depends on is the owner. If you were a Southampton fan or a football fan, and you saw him long term at Southampton, then you have to do that [back him in the transfer window], because he’s done an unbelievable job.
“They got smashed 9-0 [just over] a year ago, and everyone thought he was going to be sacked. They are good to watch, they score goals, and I think he’s got some awesome players.
“Ward-Prowse has come on leaps and bounds. If you look at the players they’ve sold over the last 10 years, it’s been unbelievable.
“They’re still competing and they’re competing very well this year. They’re not going to be anywhere near the bottom. If anybody is playing against Southampton now, they know that they’re in for a game, they know that they could beat them.
“Again, talking about owners, if the owners think ‘I’m fed up of this’, then he’s not going to really invest money for him, so it depends on who runs the club.”
There is no doubting the terrific job Hasenhuttl has done over the last year or so. The Saints are in a very healthy position at the moment and given their performances so far this term, there is no reason why they can’t compete for a European place.
Does Hasenhuttl deserve more backing?
However, without a certain amount of backing, they will forever remain just outside the upper tier of the country’s top sides, unable to make any real inroads. Look at Leicester, for example. The Foxes have not spent crazy money, but they, sometimes, part with big sums to sign the right players, such as the £36.5m they spent on Wesley Fofana. One or two big transfers could be the difference for Hasenhuttl as he looks to take Southampton to the next level.
In other news, Hasenhuttl sends a statement to this Saints man.
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